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The Raising of Lazarus: the larger plate

The Raising of Lazarus: the larger plate
(c. 1632)

etching and engraving
36.3 × 25.8 cm (plate and sheet, arched)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 73; Hind 96 viii/xiii; White & Boon 73 viii/x; NHD 113 v/ix
5th of 9 states
printed in ink (in image) in centre: RHL van Ryn f
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1961
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Religion and Mythology
Subjects (specific)
awe (emotion) chiaroscuro Jesus Christ (Christian character) Lazarus, Saint (Chrisitian iconography) miracles Miracles of Christ (New Testament narrative) Raising of Lazarus (miracle, Christian iconography) resurrection (doctrinal concept)


Watermark Form
The Basilisk is a mythical beast that can be described as a giant reptilian, with the form of a lizard or snake, sometimes mixed with bird-like features such as a rooster's beak, eagle-like claws, and scaly wings. The beast is also referred to as a cockatrice. The Basilisk became a symbol of the city of Basel in Switzerland, and is the mark of a Swiss paper. The Crozier is another symbol of Basel, referencing the crook of the Bishop of Basel's staff, seen here below the Basilisk's beak. The Basel Crozier symbol appears on coins of the 11th and 12th centuries in Switzerland. Early seals of the city show symbols of a house or gate and in this watermark the Basilisk perches a claw on top of the roof of a small house below. The general watermark design has been attributed to the Heusler papermaking family in Basel.
Watermark and variant description
Basilisk - variant B.c. Basilisk with one foot above a house and a Basel crosier in its beak. The basilisk is thinner with smooth contours.
Closely related watermark references
Heawood 842 (1611, Holland, collection of blank paper); Tschudin 289 (1585), 292 (1600); Vooorn 11 (Heusler 1613).
Chain Line Interval
25-26 mm
Laid Line Frequency
12 per cm
Placement and spacing of wires
87 x 6 [19|25|22| x 3
Wire Side
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